Creighton held a seminar for “March Women’s Journey” on March 25. Guest speaker Corinne Rice-Grey-Cloud presented a speech about the missing and murdered indigenous women’s movement to draw attention to violence towards indigenous women in America.
The MMIW movement is, according to the Lakota People’s Law Project, “a recent movement to bring recognition to the disappearance and murders of Native women and girls; many in the movement also include two spirit and trans persons under the term. While the movement is new, the issue of MMIW is not.”
The website explains that the issue of violence against indigenous women has been an ongoing problem since colonization.
Bhavan Chana, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences and the event’s host, asked everyone to enter the seminar “with an open mind and an open heart.”
“Let us be vulnerable in how we are sharing and processing this information,” Chana said.
She then introduced Rice-Grey Cloud, chief executive officer at Rice Consulting LLC and a MMIW activist.
Rice-Grey Cloud started by stating some facts about the violence against and sexual assault of indigenous women.
She said that indigenous women are 3.5% more likely to be assaulted than a white woman. She added that two-thirds of indigenous women experience violence and one-third are raped in their lifetime.
Rice-Grey Cloud listed some reasons that indigenous women are assaulted at higher rates. These included colonization, pornography and the sexualization of indigenous women, and the fact that people that cannot be charged for rape/murder on the reservation — and therefore get away with the violence.
Chana asked if the audience could share their thoughts about the MMIW movement and the violence against indigenous women.
Audience members emphasized that these women are actual people and to not forget that fact in the statistics.
Before leaving the meeting, Rice-Grey Cloud said, “With great knowledge comes great responsibility,”
She ended the seminar by encouraging everyone to do something good.